Everyone's worst case scenario: you end a relationship only to find that your ex's life suddenly gets more awesome than yours. The story of "It Won't Be You" is the ultimate amplification of that fear.
Stan dumps Bonnie. Then she wins millions.
But Stan's actions and Bonnie's fortunes are inexorably linked. Stan believes he has a legitimate claim to a share of Bonnie's wealth. She bought her Lottery ticket only because she had been dumped. By Stan.
Stan lives on easy street and he ends his relationship with Bonnie only because she’s started to ask the difficult questions. Marriage? House? Children? Instead of think/answer/provide Stan, as always, chooses the path of least resistance and breaks up with her instead.
He dumps her horrifically. Publicly. And that's where we meet them.
Stan then goes out to get drunk with his best friend Brev, leaving Bonnie to pick up the pieces of her life.
Stan's night out with Brev doesn't quite happen though. It's a Sunday. It's a small town. So they stay in and get stoned instead.
Having dumped Bonnie Stan has no place to go so he sleeps on the sofa. In the morning he is swiftly ejected by Brev's girlfriend Lisa. She's never liked him.
So Stan goes to his Mum's house and while channel surfing he catches a glimpse of Bonnie, Lottery winner, on the news. Livid - Stan resolves to win her back. Not for love. For cash.
On the news Bonnie says that she'd been on a run of such poor fortune that she bought a ticket to try and prompt some good luck in her life. Well - if Stan is partly responsible for the purchase then surely he can claim some of the winnings! He thinks Bonnie owes him half of 183 million quid.
It makes sense. In his head. But will he get what he wants or what he deserves?
Tibo created his first film production company in France aged 20 and later enrolled for an MA in Film and TV Production at Royal Holloway University of London.
He settled in London where he started working in the British film industry
as 1st Assistant Director and Production manager. He has completed six feature films to date, as well as dozens of short films, adverts and promos.
Tibo created SweetDoh! Productions in 2011. SweetDoh! have produced a series of adverts for the NGO Orphans In Need which were broadcast in the UK, US and in India (nominated for a Young Director Award). SweetDoh!'s short film Deleting Emily has won awards at DC Shorts in Washington and was competing at Encounters in Bristol.
In addition to It Won't Be you, Tibo is developing a feature film which will be a France/UK co production. He is also working with producer Chris Auty on the creation of a Entrepreneur MA at the National Film and Television School, a project supported by Richard Branson and Patrick McKenna.
SweetDoh! showreel: https://vimeo.com/52799477
SweetDoh! website: www.sweetdoh.com
"STAN" - ALISTAIR DONEGAN
Alistair graduated from the Central School of Speech and Drama in 2010. Recent film credits include Extract for Golden Lane films and Saving Grace for Blind Crow Pictures. Recent theatre projects include The Chemist in hit Broadway transfer Accomplice for The Menier Chocolate Factory and Best Men at The Southwark Playhouse. Next: back on the stage, at the Sheffield Crucible.
"BONNIE" - EMILY BEVAN
After completing an English Degree, Emily trained in Classical Acting at Central School of Speech and Drama. Her first role was in St Trinians The Movie, and since then her TV work includes a range of high profile comedies. The Thick of It (BBC2), Phoneshop (Channel4), Cumbo (Channel4), and Hung out (Channel4). At the end of last year she traveled out to Aitutaki, in the Cook Islands, to work on an improvised TV pilot for Touchpaper and is currently filming a new BBC3 Zombie Drama with Ricky Tomlinson and Steve Evets. Emily can often be heard on "Something Understood' on Radio 4, and has appeared on Amanda Vickery's series "A History of Private Life', 'Stories from the Old Bailey' and 'Family Britain'. Over and above all that though, Emily is the face of Belgian margarine.
"BREV" - STEPHEN LEASK
Stephen graduated LAMDA as an actor in 2008. Since then he has worked in Theatre, Television and Voiceover.
His credits include 'Eastenders' (BBC) and numerous theatre projects including 'Staunch'(Miniaturists Festival),'Potted Panto'(Vaudeville Theatre), 'Newsrevue'(Edinburgh Festival), 'The Snowfall'(Etcetera Theatre), 'The Secret Garden'(Birmingham Rep Theatre), 'Squared[d]' (Wimbledon Studio Theatre), 'Don Carlo'(ROH), 'I Capuleti e I Montecchi'(ROH), 'The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe' (Talkwood Productions), 'The Late Mattia Pascal' (Teatro Duse), 'Laughing Through Tears' (Roma Teatro Festival), 'Troilus & Cressida'(Edinburgh International Festival).
"LISA" - LUCY LEIGH
Lucy trained with Petina Hapgood (LAMDA) on a one year intensive course. Film credits include 'Peter' for Praslin Pictures/Film 4, and a short film called 'Freeworld' for Thirdwave Films / HBO.
She starred in a comedy pilot called "Lucy and James' for Picnic Films. Previous theatre credits include 'Tis Pity She's a Whore' at the John Lyon Theatre, 'Metamorphoses' at the CL Theatre, and 'The Witch' at the Lion and Unicorn Theatre. Commercial opportunities have enabled Lucy to work with Peter Lydon, Toby MacDonald and the Blain Brothers.
Lucy won best actress at Think Sync and was recently nominated for best actress (as was some woman called Judy Dench) at the Braine Hownd Awards in London.
Risks and challenges
The biggest challenge here, like on so many shorts, is to do a lot for a little.
Between Tibo and I we know how to wring every penny out of a tight budget. It's what we do. We've got an extensive list of industry contacts and many years of film making experience.
We've both picked up awards around the world for our previous work and we think that with "It Won't Be You" we can have even more success this time around.
However, film-making is a volatile industry and a lot of elements can never be foreseen. Weather for instance can be a challenge on the shoot when exterior scenes are concerned.
On a general basis, the main challenge will be to manage to attach a high standard of crew for virtually no money. Our best weapons for this is a strong story, a long lasting network and a high expertise in producing fiction. This will create a real motivation and commitment to the film from our team members, who will truly feel they are an essential part of the project.
Another risk that one always face when making films is the duration of the post production process. It can sometimes linger as the editor, sound designer, music composer, colour grader, and also the director, feel like they must take the time to obtain something that is 100% satisfying. It mean even sometimes re shooting a sequence that doesn't work completely, or an element that is missing. Also, potential sound issues sometimes call for an ADR (Automated Dialogue Replacement), which is basically calling one or several actors in a sound studio to re record some of their dialogues, if some of the lines are not fully usable.
But our objective is obviously to avoid all of these challenges, and the only way to do that is to plan, organize, double, triple check everything, and cover our backs before the shoot. Having done mistakes in the past has taught us how to avoid them, and we believe this reflects on the latest productions we achieved, those having been completed within budget, and deadline.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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